It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t feel the need to get more organized. There are many benefits to this, such as reduced stress, more time, more space and just overall a sense of accomplishment. All of us have different habits regarding staying organized and through some simple organizational tips you can maximize your organizational skills and get more stuff done in half the time.
- Write things down
When you actually write things down, you are creating an organizational system of your duties for that day/week/month/etc. A simple daily to-do list simplifies your life by consolidating everything you need to do in a cohesive place. Bigthink.com suggests to: “Schedule less time for important tasks. This seems counterintuitive, but it isn’t in practice. When you limit how much time you give yourself to work on important tasks, you force yourself to expend more energy over less time so you can get the tasks done faster”. This is great point. Once we coherently enable our priorities to be known as the front runner of our to-do list, this validates them to us in a way that makes us want to begin carrying out our tasks ASAP.
- Take responsibility for your time
Being organized means being responsible and productive for your time. This means you do not have to be a perfectionist and you do not always have to push yourself too hard or too little for that matter. It is about creating and maintaining balance. Make time for checking your emails, hanging out with friends, doing favors, etc. However, never compromise your time knowing that people are taking advantage of it. Stay true to yourself and remember that you have control of your time and priorities. Make sure you do get that “me time” each day as well. Do you enjoy yoga before bed, or a nice hot bath, or watching your favorite movie once a week? Do whatever you need to do to feel reenergized. This is where you begin to understand that when you get your mind, body, and soul organized, the rest would follow that much easier.
- Simplify your home
As humans who love stuff and lots of it, we are generally great at hoarding. It’s great in times of need but on a day to day basis we need to condense our collective inventory in order to thrive on the joy of life. We have so many books, tools, accessories etc., that we barely even use but we have it around. Change in this sense is a good thing. You need to accept change before you begin the process of clearing out all your stuff. Once you embrace letting go, it will be easy to release the emotions and the stuff to go along with it. Choose one day (or weekend) to go through it all and donate what you honestly don’t need (“don’t need” constitutes as an item or possession that you either do not use at all/haven’t used for over a year). The goal is to have less so that you end up actually having more of an authentic experience appreciating what you do have. It is important to note that everything needs a place, either in a drawer or box. That makes organization nice and cohesive. Sometimes when we can’t find the things that we need, we end up getting lazy and begin to dread doing whatever task needs to be done at that given time. This way you can spend less time pining over how messy everything is because you cannot find it and spend more time doing the things that need to be done with a sense of ease. Therefore, this will increase your productivity while simultaneously minimizing you having to work overtime searching for all your miscellaneous items.
- Put that away now
Now that you simplified and updated your home, you are ready for putting the finishing touches of organizing it. When you finish using anything, whether that be a an empty bowl after your meal or a piece of clothing you wore that day, don’t think twice before putting it away. The simplest and most direct way of affecting your organizational skills begins here. This way you can stay personally organized and feel at ease knowing your things are put away. An efficient tactic that once you integrate it into your daily living will make it more organized and appealing for you to enjoy!